Well hello, hello!!!
My computer issues are not altogether fixed, but improved enough to afford me some time here, and that's so nice, y'all! I've been missing this little space o'mine!
I've got lots to share with you, but I'm going to resist the urge to dump it all on you at once. Instead, I'll hop from foot to foot and try to tell you just one thing at a time over the next few days, okay?
I will start by saying that over the last week or so, watching my guys engrossed in a handful of projects (more to come on that), I've been so proud of their budding wisdom. They take nearly nothing on faith, and want to put all their gathered ideas and beliefs to the test. They are not people who will be told what to think. These boys have a stack of mottos people, and even though they're Texans, not Missourians, one of their most deeply held creeds is, "show me!"
Take this one morning, a few days back…
I came into the kitchen to find my oldest boy holding a measuring cup by it's handle. He was lowering it into a bowl full of water, and then drawing it out again… lowering, raising, lowering, raising. He said, "watch this mom, when I put the cup in, the water goes up, and when I take it out, the water goes down again. Why do you think it does that?"
"Why do YOU think it does that?" I said, and then wrestled my mouth shut before it spouted words like "displacement" and "mass and volume." Those words would come, but not until he had his own theories. I let him spend some time raising and lowering, and thinking on his own. Figuring things out is so much more fun than the big mama spoiler, ruining it by revealing all the answers before you get the chance to discover them for yourself.
After a while I said, "Hey, I once heard this story, about this bird, a crow I think it was, who was thirsty. He came upon a pitcher half full of water, but he couldn't reach the water, and he couldn't turn it over. What do you think he did?"
He figured it out pretty quickly, but needed to SEE if it worked.
It was really funny, because with every marble, all three boys squealed in delight and smiled their mischievous smiles up at me. They thought they were pulling one over on me. They could not believe they were getting away with a messy water experiment right on the kitchen floor, with nary a call to "take it outside!" They felt sure that there was going to be a massive overflow, and were highly disappointed when the water rose to the top just as there was no more room for marbles. Barely a trickle leaked over.
"Well you see," I told them, "you have to get up pretty early to fool a smart cookie like a crow or a mama."
"Yeah," my oldest replied, "you'll go for just about anything if we ask you early enough in the morning!"
I'm going to borrow a refrain from dear Mr. Rogers now and sing, "I'll be back, when the day is new, and I'll have more ideas for you. You'll have things you'll want to talk about. I. Will. Too!"